US7532916B2 - Slide-type portable terminal using flexible material - Google Patents

Slide-type portable terminal using flexible material Download PDF

Info

Publication number
US7532916B2
US7532916B2 US11496816 US49681606A US7532916B2 US 7532916 B2 US7532916 B2 US 7532916B2 US 11496816 US11496816 US 11496816 US 49681606 A US49681606 A US 49681606A US 7532916 B2 US7532916 B2 US 7532916B2
Authority
US
Grant status
Grant
Patent type
Prior art keywords
portion
portable terminal
upper
slide
lower
Prior art date
Legal status (The legal status is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the status listed.)
Expired - Fee Related, expires
Application number
US11496816
Other versions
US20070032105A1 (en )
Inventor
Chang-Soo Lee
In-Gon Park
Won Lee
Current Assignee (The listed assignees may be inaccurate. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy of the list.)
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd
Original Assignee
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd
Priority date (The priority date is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the date listed.)
Filing date
Publication date
Grant date

Links

Images

Classifications

    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04MTELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION
    • H04M1/00Substation equipment, e.g. for use by subscribers; Analogous equipment at exchanges
    • H04M1/02Constructional features of telephone sets
    • H04M1/0202Portable telephone sets, e.g. cordless phones, mobile phones or bar type handsets
    • H04M1/0206Portable telephones comprising a plurality of mechanically joined movable body parts, e.g. hinged housings
    • H04M1/0208Portable telephones comprising a plurality of mechanically joined movable body parts, e.g. hinged housings characterized by the relative motions of the body parts
    • H04M1/0214Foldable telephones, i.e. with body parts pivoting to an open position around an axis parallel to the plane they define in closed position
    • H04M1/0216Foldable in one direction, i.e. using a one degree of freedom hinge
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04MTELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION
    • H04M1/00Substation equipment, e.g. for use by subscribers; Analogous equipment at exchanges
    • H04M1/02Constructional features of telephone sets
    • H04M1/0202Portable telephone sets, e.g. cordless phones, mobile phones or bar type handsets
    • H04M1/0206Portable telephones comprising a plurality of mechanically joined movable body parts, e.g. hinged housings
    • H04M1/0208Portable telephones comprising a plurality of mechanically joined movable body parts, e.g. hinged housings characterized by the relative motions of the body parts
    • H04M1/0235Slidable or telescopic telephones, i.e. with a relative translation movement of the body parts; Telephones using a combination of translation and other relative motions of the body parts
    • H04M1/0237Sliding mechanism with one degree of freedom

Abstract

Disclosed is a portable terminal using a flexible material. The portable terminal includes an upper portion, a lower portion and a flexible portion integrally connecting the upper and lower portions. The portable terminal is of a slide-type in which after the upper portion is bent about the flexible portion, the upper portion is slid in the lengthwise direction of the lower portion to open/close a predetermined area of the lower portion.

Description

PRIORITY

This application claims priority to an application entitled “SLIDE-TYPE PORTABLE TERMINAL USING FLEXIBLE MATERIAL” filed with the Korean Intellectual Property Office on Aug. 5, 2005 and assigned Serial No. 2005-71970, the contents of which are incorporated herein by reference.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to a DMB (Digital Media Broadcast) phone, a game phone, a chatting phone, a camera phone, an MP3 phone, a cellular phone, a PCS (Personal Communications Service), a PDA (Personal Digital Assistants), an HHP (Hand Held Phone), and the like, and more particularly to a slide-type portable terminal using a flexible material.

2. Description of the Related Art

In general, a “portable terminal” refers to an electronic device that a user can carry to perform wireless communication with a desired partner. To facilitate portability, designs of such portable terminals tend not only to be compact, slim, and light, but are also moving toward providing multimedia capability and a wider variety of functions. In particular, future portable terminals are expected to incorporate greater multi-functionality and multi-purpose utility, as well as being more compact and light weight and having the capability of modification to suit various multimedia or Internet environments. Additionally, portable terminals are now commonly used by people of all ages and all walks of life throughout the world, and are recognized by some people as a nearly indispensable commodity.

Portable terminals may be classified into various categories according to their appearance, such as a bar-type portable terminal, a flip-type portable terminal and a folder-type portable terminal. A bar-type portable terminal refers to a device having a single housing of a bar-shape. A flip-type portable terminal refers to a device in which a flip is rotatably mounted to a housing by a hinge unit. A folder-type communication device refers to the manner in which a folder is rotatably connected to a single bar-type housing by a hinge unit.

Portable terminals may also be classified into a necklace-type portable terminal and a bracelet-type portable terminal according to the wearing position or the manner in which users wear the portable terminals. The necklace-type portable terminal refers to a portable manner in which a terminal is worn around a neck of a user by using a string. Further, the bracelet-type portable terminal refers to a portable manner in which a terminal is worn around a wrist of a user.

In addition, portable terminals may be classified into a rotation-type portable terminal and a slide-type communication device according to the manner in which the portable terminal is opened and closed. The rotation-type portable terminal refers to a manner in which two housings are rotatably connected, opposed to each other. The slide-type communication device refers to a manner in which two housings are slid with respect to each other in the lengthwise direction of the device. These variously classified portable terminals can be easily understood by those skilled in the art.

Meanwhile, conventional portable terminals now tend to transmit data at a high speed in addition to performing the basic voice communication function. In other words, according to the increase in consumer demand, portable terminals now tend to provide a service using a wireless communication technology capable of transmitting data at high speed.

Recent portable terminals also tend to be equipped with a camera lens to obtain video signals for transmission. Particularly, current portable terminals have an external or embedded camera lens module which enables users to perform video communication with desired partners or to photograph desired subjects.

However, slide-type portable terminals have generated the following problems. According to a slide-type portable device disclosed in Korean Patent Application No. 2002-71911, which is commonly assigned to the assignee of the present application, since two housings are slidably connected by a slide module, the manufacturing cost is increased, and the assembling convenience and the productivity are decreased due to the complex structure and the increase in the number of parts. Further, since the slide-type portable device requires much mounting space for the slide module, it is disadvantageous to try to make the terminal thin and small-sized. Further, according to the slide-type portable terminal, since a flexible circuit is used to electrically connect the two housings, shorts of the flexible circuit are often generated due to the repetitive opening/closing operations.

Specifically, since the conventional folder-type portable terminal includes a body, a folder and a hinge module connecting the body and the folder, the hinge module should be mounted. Therefore, the structure is complex, the number of parts increases and the assembling convenience decreases, thereby increasing the manufacturing cost of the folder-type portable terminal. Since the folder-type portable terminal uses a flexible circuit to electrically connect the body and the folder and the flexible circuit should pass through a hinge axis, shorts of the flexible circuit are often generated due to the repetitive opening/closing operations.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Accordingly, the present invention has been made to solve the above-mentioned problems occurring in the prior art, and an object of the present invention is to provide a portable terminal in which the structure is simple and the manufacturing cost is low.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a portable terminal which can be used in slide-type by including a flexible portion.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a portable terminal which does not need a slide module when used as a slide-type.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a portable terminal which can be easily assembled since it does not need a slide module.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a portable terminal which has good texture by forming the outer casing thereof with a flexible material.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a portable terminal which has the advantages of a reduced manufacturing cost and number of parts, an improved assembling convenience and a thinner and smaller size.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a portable terminal in which the drop damage is minimized by absorbing the impact generated when the terminal is dropped.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a portable terminal in which the display unit is inclined such that a user can see the displayed data conveniently.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a portable terminal in which the receiver thereof is inclined to maintain a facile talk angle when the case is in a slide-up position.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a portable terminal which is convenient to carry since the body thereof is linearly formed.

In order to accomplish these objects, there is provided a portable terminal which includes an upper portion; a lower portion; and a flexible portion integrally connecting the upper and lower portions, wherein the portable terminal is of the slide-type in which after the upper portion is bent about the flexible portion, the upper portion is slid in the lengthwise direction of the lower portion to open/close a predetermined area of the lower portion.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The above and other objects, features and advantages of the present invention will be more apparent from the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view for showing a portable terminal according to the present invention in an unfolded position;

FIG. 2 is a perspective view for showing the bottom portion of a portable terminal according to the present invention;

FIG. 3 is a perspective view for showing a portable terminal according to the present invention in a folded position;

FIG. 4 is a side view of FIG. 3;

FIG. 5 is a perspective view of a portable terminal according to the present invention which is used in the slide-type position after being folded; and

FIG. 6 is a side view of FIG. 5.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

Hereinafter, a preferred embodiment of the present invention will be described with reference to the accompanying drawings. In the following description of the present invention, a detailed description of known functions and configurations incorporated herein is omitted to avoid making the subject matter of the present invention unclear.

As shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, a portable terminal according to the present invention includes an upper portion 10, a lower portion 20 and a flexible portion 30 integrally connecting the upper portion 10 and the lower portion 20. The upper and lower portions 10 and 20 are linearly connected to each other by the flexible portion 30. This state is shown in FIGS. 1 and 2. since the flexible portion 30 includes a plurality of wrinkle portions 301 and can be bent or folded, the upper portion 10 can be bent or folded about the flexible portion 30 and can be slid on the lower portion 20 in the lengthwise direction of the lower portion 20. The wrinkle portions are formed in the same direction as the rotation axis about which the flexible portion 30 is bent or folded. A display unit 114 is disposed on the bottom surface 102 of the upper portion 10. A key pad including a plurality of keys is disposed on the upper surface 201 of the lower portion 20 and a battery pack 216 is disposed on the bottom surface of the lower portion 20. Further, a receiver 112 is located at a predetermined position of the bottom surface of the upper portion 10. The receiver 112 is disposed between the display unit 114 and the flexible portion 30.

The portable terminal according to the present invention further includes a slide guiding means which helps the slide of the upper portion 10 when the upper portion 10 is slid on the upper surface 201 of the lower portion 20 after the upper portion 10 is folded. The slide guiding means includes at least one groove-shaped guide rail 212 formed on the upper surface 201 of the lower portion 20 and a slide boss 110 provided on the upper surface 101 of the upper portion 10 to be slid on the guide rail 212. However, the guide rail can be formed on the upper surface of the upper portion and the slide boss can be formed on the upper surface of the lower portion. The guide rail 212 and the slide boss 110 constitutes a pair and the guide rail 212 is linearly provided.

As shown in FIGS. 3 to 6, the upper portion 10 is slid on the lower portion 20 after being bent about the flexible portion 30. In particular, the upper portion 10 is slid on the lower portion 20, with the upper portion 10 opposed to the key pad 210 installed on the upper surface of the lower portion 20 to close or completely open the key pad 212.

As shown in FIGS. 3 to 6, according to the portable terminal of the present invention, after the upper portion 10 is bent or completely folded about the flexible portion 30 toward the lower portion 20, it can be used in a slide position in which it is slid in the lengthwise direction of the lower portion 20 to open/close a predetermined area of the lower portion 20.

The flexible portion 30 electrically and mechanically connects the upper and lower portions 10 and 20 and is in charge of the hinge function of the upper portion 10. As a flexible circuit (not shown) passes through the flexible portion 30, the display unit 114 of the upper portion 10 is electrically connected to a printed circuit board (not shown) of the lower portion 20. Since the flexible portion is made of rubber or silicon, the texture is optimized and the drop damage is minimized as it absorbs the impact generated when the terminal is dropped.

Further, the upper and lower portions 10 and 20 can be made of the same material as the flexible portion 30 to provide optimal texture or can be made of a different material from the flexible portion 30. The flexible portion 30 can be made such that it is bent only by an external force or is smoothly bent even without any external force.

When the upper portion 10 is bent or folded, the display unit 114 is inclined such that a user can see the displayed data conveniently. Further, if the upper portion 10 is slid up, the receiver 112 is located so as to be inclined to maintain an angle at which talking is easy.

The display unit 114 can be made of a hard LCD or a flexible material of a film shape. Particularly, if the display unit 114 is made of a flexible material of a film shape and the keys 210 are of a thin-type and the battery pack 216 is also of a thin-type of a film shape, the upper and lower portions 10 and 20 can be of a thin-type. This construction has advantages in that the portable terminal is convenient to carry in both the unfolded and bent states, is favorably constructed in a thin fashion and has a strong resistance to damage when dropped.

Although not shown in the figures, the portable terminal can be used as a folder-type if the upper portion is folded about the flexible portion, and the folded state of the upper and lower portions can be fixed or released. As mentioned above, according to the present invention, the structure is simple, the manufacturing cost is low and the portable terminal is conveniently used in the slide-type position. Further, the present invention is advantageous in reducing the manufacturing cost, improving the assembling convenience and making the portable terminal thin and small. Especially, the display unit is inclined such that a user can see the screen conveniently. Further, in the slide-up state, the receiver is located so as to be inclined to provide a favorable talk angle. Moreover, since the body is linear, the portable terminal is convenient to carry.

While the invention has been shown and described with reference to a certain preferred embodiment thereof, it will be understood by those skilled in the art that various changes in form and details may be made therein without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as defined by the appended claims.

Claims (10)

1. A portable terminal comprising:
an upper portion;
a lower portion; and
a flexible portion integrally connecting the upper and lower portions,
wherein the portable terminal is of a slide-type in which after the upper portion is bent about the flexible portion, the upper portion is slid in a lengthwise direction of the lower portion to open or close a predetermined area of the lower portion.
2. A portable terminal according to claim 1, wherein the flexible portion comprises a plurality of wrinkle portions.
3. A portable terminal according to claim 1, wherein the upper portion comprises a display unit, the lower portion comprises a keypad having a plurality of keys, the display unit is disposed on a lower surface of the upper portion, and the keypad is disposed on an upper surface of the lower portion.
4. A portable terminal according to claim 1, further comprising a slide guiding means for assisting sliding movement of the upper portion.
5. A portable terminal according to claim 4, wherein the slide guiding means comprises at least one groove-shaped guide rail formed on an upper surface of the lower portion; and a slide boss provided on an upper surface of the upper portion to slide on the guide rail.
6. A portable terminal according to claim 3, wherein the display unit is inclined when the upper portion is bent toward the lower portion or is slid on the lower portion.
7. A portable terminal according to claim 1, wherein the upper and lower portions are made of an identical material as the flexible portion.
8. A portable terminal according to claim 1, wherein the upper and lower portions are linearly connected by the flexible portion.
9. A portable terminal according to claim 3, wherein a receiver is provided between the display unit and the flexible portion and the receiver is inclined when the upper portion is folded about the flexible portion.
10. A portable terminal according to claim 1, wherein the upper and lower portions are made of a different material from the flexible portion.
US11496816 2005-08-05 2006-08-01 Slide-type portable terminal using flexible material Expired - Fee Related US7532916B2 (en)

Priority Applications (2)

Application Number Priority Date Filing Date Title
KR20050071970A KR100713483B1 (en) 2005-08-05 2005-08-05 Sliding-type mobile phone using flexible material
KR2005-71970 2005-08-05

Publications (2)

Publication Number Publication Date
US20070032105A1 true US20070032105A1 (en) 2007-02-08
US7532916B2 true US7532916B2 (en) 2009-05-12

Family

ID=37343945

Family Applications (1)

Application Number Title Priority Date Filing Date
US11496816 Expired - Fee Related US7532916B2 (en) 2005-08-05 2006-08-01 Slide-type portable terminal using flexible material

Country Status (4)

Country Link
US (1) US7532916B2 (en)
EP (1) EP1750418A3 (en)
KR (1) KR100713483B1 (en)
CN (1) CN100534109C (en)

Cited By (13)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US20070252202A1 (en) * 2006-04-28 2007-11-01 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Sliding-tilt unit and mobile device using the same
US20080194120A1 (en) * 2007-02-09 2008-08-14 Nokia Corporation Portable electronic device with compliant sliding hinge
US8713759B2 (en) * 2012-02-27 2014-05-06 Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd. Hinge apparatus and electronic device comprising it
US8958201B2 (en) 2011-04-15 2015-02-17 Blackberry Limited Flexible mobile computing devices
US20150131222A1 (en) * 2013-11-13 2015-05-14 Nokia Corporation Apparatus and Method of Providing an Apparatus Comprising a Bendable Portion
US20150277506A1 (en) * 2014-03-29 2015-10-01 Bok Eng Cheah Micro-hinge for an electronic device
US9243432B2 (en) 2013-12-23 2016-01-26 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Electronic apparatus having hinge assemblies with cover units
US9360896B2 (en) 2014-03-28 2016-06-07 Intel Corporation Low-profile hinge for an electronic device
US20160195901A1 (en) * 2013-09-02 2016-07-07 Nokia Technologies Oy An Apparatus and Method of Providing an Apparatus Comprising a Bendable Portion
US20170003714A1 (en) * 2015-06-30 2017-01-05 Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd. Electronic Device and Control Method Thereof
US20170003794A1 (en) * 2015-06-30 2017-01-05 Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd. Electronic Device and Control Method Thereof
US9606583B2 (en) * 2015-05-27 2017-03-28 Samsung Display Co., Ltd. Hinge module apparatus
USRE46680E1 (en) * 2013-05-30 2018-01-23 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Portable computer

Families Citing this family (8)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
KR100834617B1 (en) * 2006-10-31 2008-06-02 삼성전자주식회사 Reinforcing apparatus for mobile phone
JP5287709B2 (en) * 2007-03-28 2013-09-11 日本電気株式会社 Folding portable device and a coupling mechanism
EP2466420B1 (en) * 2010-12-17 2015-10-14 BlackBerry Limited Portable electronic device having a sensor arrangement for gesture recognition
US9569002B2 (en) 2010-12-17 2017-02-14 Blackberry Limited Portable electronic device having a sensor arrangement for gesture recognition
KR101452871B1 (en) * 2013-01-11 2014-10-22 (주) 프렉코 Foldable Flexible Display Device
CN104076872B (en) * 2013-03-29 2018-07-06 联想(北京)有限公司 Electronic equipment
CN104916230B (en) 2015-06-02 2017-05-03 京东方科技集团股份有限公司 A flexible display device
CN106325371A (en) * 2015-06-30 2017-01-11 联想(北京)有限公司 Electronic equipment and mode switching method

Citations (4)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US7016712B2 (en) * 2002-08-30 2006-03-21 Nokia Corporation Hingeless mobile station
US7082196B2 (en) * 2003-06-30 2006-07-25 Nokia Corporation Flexible structure, hinge, shutter, mobile communications apparatus and mobile telephone
US20060198513A1 (en) * 2005-03-03 2006-09-07 Nokia Corporation Mobile electronic device having relocatable display element
US7158634B2 (en) * 2000-12-19 2007-01-02 Nokia Corporation Portable electronic devices

Family Cites Families (14)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US4847818A (en) * 1988-10-31 1989-07-11 Timex Corporation Wristwatch radiotelephone
JPH04277958A (en) 1991-03-05 1992-10-02 Shigeo Nakagawa Portable telephone set
US7854684B1 (en) * 1998-06-24 2010-12-21 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Wearable device
KR100505498B1 (en) 2000-01-07 2005-07-29 인터내셔널 비지네스 머신즈 코포레이션 Method and system for frame and protocol classification
JP2002111823A (en) * 2000-10-03 2002-04-12 Matsushita Electric Ind Co Ltd Portable terminal
FR2815141B1 (en) 2000-10-09 2003-01-10 Sagem Cable communication on optical fiber modules
KR20030038875A (en) 2001-11-06 2003-05-17 정정수 Tooth brush
US6968056B2 (en) * 2001-12-21 2005-11-22 Nokia Corporation Mobile phone with elastic hinge
KR100492554B1 (en) 2002-11-29 2005-06-02 엘지전자 주식회사 Hinge apparatus for mobile phone
EP1432215B1 (en) 2002-12-19 2005-10-26 Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB Cover for a portable electronic device
GB0230148D0 (en) * 2002-12-24 2003-02-05 Samsung Electronics Co Ltd Improvements in mobile communications devices
DE60310673D1 (en) * 2003-01-17 2007-02-08 Motorola Inc Housing for a folding phone
JP4493651B2 (en) * 2003-04-17 2010-06-30 ノキア コーポレイション Bistable hinge and system using it
KR100532334B1 (en) * 2003-11-26 2005-11-29 삼성전자주식회사 Sliding/folding type portable digital communication device

Patent Citations (4)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US7158634B2 (en) * 2000-12-19 2007-01-02 Nokia Corporation Portable electronic devices
US7016712B2 (en) * 2002-08-30 2006-03-21 Nokia Corporation Hingeless mobile station
US7082196B2 (en) * 2003-06-30 2006-07-25 Nokia Corporation Flexible structure, hinge, shutter, mobile communications apparatus and mobile telephone
US20060198513A1 (en) * 2005-03-03 2006-09-07 Nokia Corporation Mobile electronic device having relocatable display element

Cited By (22)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US8190219B2 (en) * 2006-04-28 2012-05-29 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Sliding-tilt unit and mobile device using the same
US20070252202A1 (en) * 2006-04-28 2007-11-01 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Sliding-tilt unit and mobile device using the same
US20080194120A1 (en) * 2007-02-09 2008-08-14 Nokia Corporation Portable electronic device with compliant sliding hinge
US7822446B2 (en) * 2007-02-09 2010-10-26 Nokia Corporation Portable electronic device with compliant sliding hinge
US8958201B2 (en) 2011-04-15 2015-02-17 Blackberry Limited Flexible mobile computing devices
US8713759B2 (en) * 2012-02-27 2014-05-06 Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd. Hinge apparatus and electronic device comprising it
USRE46812E1 (en) 2013-05-30 2018-05-01 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Portable computer
USRE46801E1 (en) * 2013-05-30 2018-04-24 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Portable computer
USRE46680E1 (en) * 2013-05-30 2018-01-23 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Portable computer
US9710021B2 (en) * 2013-09-02 2017-07-18 Nokia Technologies Oy Apparatus and method of providing an apparatus comprising a bendable portion
US20160195901A1 (en) * 2013-09-02 2016-07-07 Nokia Technologies Oy An Apparatus and Method of Providing an Apparatus Comprising a Bendable Portion
US20150131222A1 (en) * 2013-11-13 2015-05-14 Nokia Corporation Apparatus and Method of Providing an Apparatus Comprising a Bendable Portion
US9506279B2 (en) * 2013-11-13 2016-11-29 Nokia Technologies Oy Apparatus and method of providing an apparatus comprising a bendable portion
US9243432B2 (en) 2013-12-23 2016-01-26 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Electronic apparatus having hinge assemblies with cover units
US9360896B2 (en) 2014-03-28 2016-06-07 Intel Corporation Low-profile hinge for an electronic device
US10036187B2 (en) 2014-03-29 2018-07-31 Intel Corporation Micro-hinge for an electronic device
US10041282B2 (en) 2014-03-29 2018-08-07 Intel Corporation Micro-hinge for an electronic device
US20150277506A1 (en) * 2014-03-29 2015-10-01 Bok Eng Cheah Micro-hinge for an electronic device
US9606583B2 (en) * 2015-05-27 2017-03-28 Samsung Display Co., Ltd. Hinge module apparatus
US20170003714A1 (en) * 2015-06-30 2017-01-05 Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd. Electronic Device and Control Method Thereof
US20170003794A1 (en) * 2015-06-30 2017-01-05 Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd. Electronic Device and Control Method Thereof
US10095346B2 (en) * 2015-06-30 2018-10-09 Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd. Electronic device and control method thereof

Also Published As

Publication number Publication date Type
CN1909565A (en) 2007-02-07 application
KR100713483B1 (en) 2007-04-30 grant
US20070032105A1 (en) 2007-02-08 application
KR20070016886A (en) 2007-02-08 application
EP1750418A3 (en) 2010-11-17 application
EP1750418A2 (en) 2007-02-07 application
CN100534109C (en) 2009-08-26 grant

Similar Documents

Publication Publication Date Title
US20070082718A1 (en) Curved sliding-type portable communication apparatus and sliding device thereof
US20060121852A1 (en) Portable apparatus
US7269450B2 (en) Sliding/swing-type portable digital communication apparatus
US20050261041A1 (en) Hinge apparatus for mobile communication terminals
US20040209645A1 (en) Portable terminal
EP1422911A2 (en) Sliding-type portable wireless terminal
US20050014538A1 (en) Bi-directional sliding-type portable terminal
US6731753B2 (en) Personal digital assistant/telephone combination device
US20060211460A1 (en) Sliding swing device for mobile terminal
US20050107119A1 (en) Portable digital communication device usable as a gaming device and a personal digital assistant (PDA)
US20050227737A1 (en) Portable communication terminal for displaying information
US20070076861A1 (en) Mobile terminal having a plurality of displays
US20040224732A1 (en) Portable communication apparatus having improved capability in inputting data
US20060100004A1 (en) Portable communication apparatus with a tri-column type cradling function
US7092747B2 (en) Sliding/swing-type portable digital communication apparatus
US7448872B2 (en) Portable terminal having display unit cradled on a slant
US20050233785A1 (en) Portable communication apparatus having pop-up type display device
US20060105824A1 (en) Sliding-folding type portable communication apparatus
US20050020323A1 (en) Portable digital communication device
US20070246494A1 (en) Wrist wearable type portable terminal
US20060111161A1 (en) Portable communication apparatus having keys moved up/down by rotation
US20050282596A1 (en) Triple-axis rotation folder-type portable apparatus
US8032192B2 (en) Portable terminal and sliding/swing-type cradling apparatus thereof
US20050124394A1 (en) Sliding/folding-type portable digital communication apparatus
US20050245297A1 (en) Portable communication device with sliding and pop-up type keypads

Legal Events

Date Code Title Description
AS Assignment

Owner name: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., KOREA, REPUBLIC OF

Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:LEE, CHANG-SOO;PARK, IN-GON;LEE, WON;REEL/FRAME:018146/0396

Effective date: 20060719

REMI Maintenance fee reminder mailed
LAPS Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees
FP Expired due to failure to pay maintenance fee

Effective date: 20130512